“Further, children of the Buddha, though space is vast and formless, it can manifest all forms; yet space does not discriminate, does not engage in conceptual proliferation (prapañca). Likewise, because the body of the Tathagata is completely illuminated by the light of wisdom, it causes all karma of the mundane and supramundane wholesome roots of all sentient beings to be consummated. And yet, the body of the Tathagata does not discriminate, does not engage in false differentiation. Wherefore? Because from the very beginning all attachments and false differentiations have been permanently obliterated. Children of the Buddha, this is the second characteristic of the body of the Tathagata. All Bodhisattva-mahasattvas should perceive it thus.

“Further, children of the Buddha, when the sun rises over Jambudvipa numberless sentient beings obtain benefits. That is to say, it dispels the darkness and brings light, it dries out the humidity, it enables the plants and the trees to grow, the grains to ripen, it makes it possible to see through space, enables the lotus flowers to bloom, the travelers to see the road, the inhabitants to conduct their activities. Wherefore? Because the sun disk emits boundless light everywhere. Children of the Buddha, likewise the sun of the wisdom of the Tathagata universally benefits sentient beings in limitless ways. That is to say, it obliterates evil and engenders virtue, destroys stupidity and brings wisdom, it rescues with great kindness, it liberates with great compassion, it promotes evolvement of the faculties, their powers, and the conditions leading to enlightenment (bodhipaksika-dharma), it causes the awakening of profound faith (shraddha) and abrogation of the impure mind, it enables one to see and hear [the truth] without effacing cause and effect, it enables one to obtain the heavenly eye and see the places of birth and death [of sentient beings], it makes the mind unobstructed without effacing the wholesome roots, it causes wisdom to cultivate clarity so that the flower of enlightenment will bloom, it causes the arising of the mind [set on enlightenment] and the accomplishment of the primigenial practices. Wherefore? Because the preternatural body of the Tathagata’s sun of wisdom emits boundless light, universally effulgent. Children of the Buddha, this is the third characteristic of the body of the Tathagata. All Bodhisattva-mahasattvas should perceive it thus.

 

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“Further, children of the Buddha, when the sun rises at Jambudvipa it first shines on Sumeru and the other great mountains, then it shines on the dark mountains, then the high plains, and lastly it shines on the whole earth. [But] the sun does not think: ‘I will first shine on this, then on that.’ It is only because the mountains and the earth have different elevation that there is sequence in the irradiation. Likewise, the Tathagata, Arhat, Perfectly Enlightened One consummates the sphere of wisdom of the limitless dharmadhatu, perpetually emitting the light of unobstructed wisdom, which first shines on the Bodhisattva-mahasattvas, equal to the great mountains, then it shines on the pratyekabuddhas, then on the shravakas, then on sentient begins with decisive wholesome roots, revealing the great wisdom according to their mental capacities, and finally it universally shines on all sentient beings, including even those who are inveterate in fallacy, in order to create beneficial causes that in the future will enable them to reach maturity. But the light of the Tathagata’s sun of great wisdom does not think: ‘I should first shine on the Bodhisattvas [with their] superior practices, and in the very end I will shine on those sentient beings who are inveterate in fallacy.’ He simply emits the light, equally shining on everyone, without obstruction, without hindrance, without discrimination.